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, the father of nsa leaker wed ward snowden is speaking out, telling abc news that his son is not a traitor. and though snowden says he believes in the american justice system, he does not think his son would get a fair trial if he returns from russia. abc's susan saulny in washington tonight. >> as a father, i want my son to come home. >> reporter: today, in an exclusive interview with abc's george stephanopoulos, lon snowden, father of fugitive nsa leaker edward snowden, said plans have been made to reunite in russia. >> you're going to moscow? >> reporter: bruce fein is the family's lawyer and says it will happen very soon. >> we have visas, we have a date which we won't disclose right now because of the frenzy. >> reporter: the purpose of the trip? to come up with a criminal defense against charges of espionage. >> what i would like is for this to be vetted in open court for the american people to have all the facts. >> reporter: but the elder snowden is not convinced his son could get a fair trial. >> when you consider many of the statements made by our leaders, they have poisoned the
memorial. >> the father of nsa leaker, edward snowden speaking out for the first time since his son gave up surveillance programs. in an exclusive interview with abc's george stephanopoulos yesterday, lon snowden wants his son edward to come home but is unsure edward could get a fair trial in the u.s. courts because he said politicians have poisoned the well of perspective -- prospective jurors. >> where my son chooses to live the rest of his life is going to be his decision. what i would like at some point in time for him to be able to come back to the u.s. whether he will live the rest of his life here or not. face this. and i believe the truth will shine through. >> snowden and attorneys have secured visas to travel to russia to meet with edward snowden. they didn't say exactly when for security reasons. neither has spoken directly to edward snowden since he fled the u.s. >> it is back to business this morning for many of the two dozen u.s. embassies and consulates shuttered by tear -- terror alert last week. mostly across the middle east. but the doors to the embassy remain locked in ye
into custody. the boy is fine. thank goodness he is back with his mother. >> nsa leaker edward snowden has had a conversation with his father in the u.s. the father and son chatted online, marking the first time they have had direct contact since snowden left the country. lon snowden plans to visit his son in russia as soon as he can get a visa to go there. >>> and army private bradley manning apologized for hurting the country by passing massive amounts of classified information to wikileaks. manning's sister testified telling the court about his troubled childhood and his experts said that manning's gender identity disorder contributed to his actions. manning e-mailed this picture of himself wearing a wig and lipstick. >>> an american track and field star speaking out about russia's controversial anti-gay law, taking part in the sports world championships going on now in moscow. abc's reporter is there. >> reporter: american runner nick simmons won his first international medal tuesday. >> flip that switch. used all my turbo. >> reporter: taking silver in the world championship of the 800 me
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